Ross Koppel, PhD

Ross Koppel, PhD, FACMI

rkoppel@sas.upenn.edu

Adjunct Professor, Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences

Ross Koppel, PhD, FACMI, is a leading scholar of healthcare IT and of the interactions of people, computers and workplaces. His articles in JAMA, JAMIA, Annals, NEJM, Health Affairs, etc are considered seminal works in the field. Professor Koppel is on the faculty of the Sociology Department at the University of Pennsylvania and also of Penn’s Medical School. At the Med School he is the Principal Investigator of the Study of Hospital Workplace Culture and Medication Error. Dr. Koppel is also the Internal Evaluator of Harvard Medical School’s project to create a new HIT architecture. In addition, Ross Koppel is co-PI on the NSA study of workarounds to cyber security and is also the co-investigator of the National Science Foundation Project on Safe Cyber Communication and Smart Alerts in Hospitals His work combines ethnographic research, extensive statistical analysis, surveys, and usability studies. He coauthored the AHRQ Guide to reducing unintended consequences of HIT. His newest book: First Do Less Harm: Confronting the Inconvenient Problems of Patient Safety (Cornell Univ. Press, 2012).

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